I Voted and Got My Free Sandwich, What About You?

by Kevin on November 4, 2008

Voting was a breeze this year. There were perhaps 10 people voting when I went in right before lunch. I was the only person anywhere close to being under 35. I hope my youthful compatriots were voting at other polling stations.

Voting took about ten minutes total including parking, signing in, and actually voting. The setup was very basic — we filled out paper ballots at tables at a church without anything to hide what your votes were. Of course with only 10 people in the room voting it was easy to spread out.

After voting, I proudly put on my “I Voted” sticker and headed off to Chic-fil-a. CFA was giving away free chicken sandwiches to anyone that asked or showed a voting sticker. The regular cost of the meal is $5.27 after tax. With the free sandwich it was now only $3.09.

I’m not confident either candidate is going to produce much actual meaningful change in our country. But now I can complain if I don’t like what happens. I did my civic duty. What about you?


Russell November 5, 2008 at 9:29 am

I live in Florida where voting is open for about 3 weeks. We can choose from about a half-dozen early-voting locations countywide. I went to the Belleview City Hall last Monday, it’s a town of 3,000 a few miles from where I live.

Usually there is almost nobody there, but this time probably 15 people were voting early while I was. They had four sign-in stations and about 15 voting booths to mark your paper ballot in private. So it was probably less than 5 minutes total time spent at city hall.

It was just before lunchtime but I didn’t know about Chic-Fil-A, and that offer was probably only good for election day itself, So I had to buy my own lunch, Pizza Hut buffet down the street.

I voted for a president but mostly I focus on the state and county elections where the candidates probably do have a chance at impacting my daily life.

Patrick November 8, 2008 at 10:42 pm

I got a free StarBucks (3 people in line), but passed on the Chik-Fil-A. The line was 30 people deep out the door and the drive through lane had about 30 cars in it. All for a $2 sandwich!

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